THE Victorian Government last week announced the Terms of Reference for its Regional Network Development Plan, which will provide Victoria's first-ever short, medium and long-term strategy for improved regional public transport.
Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan also announced the make-up of the Regional Transport Advisory Group that will drive consultation with local communities and provide recommendations to government throughout the development of the Plan.
"The Regional Network Development Plan will provide a long-term strategy for better train and bus services in regional Victoria, to get people home quicker and safer," Ms Allan said.
"Now we have the Terms of Reference and the membership of the advisory group finalised, we can get out and speak to regional Victorians about what they want out of public transport in their area."
As announced last month, the Group with be co-Chaired by Northern Victorian MP, Jaclyn Symes, and Gippsland Regional Development Committee Chair, Richard Elkington.
Joining the co-Chairs on the Group will be representatives from all over Victoria:
- Jo Bourke, Executive Director, Wimmera Development Association;
- Bruce Anson, CEO, Warrnambool City Council;
- Janet Dore, CEO, Transport Accident Commission;
- Trevor Budge, Manager of Strategy, City of Greater Bendigo;
- Patience Harrington, Chief Executive, City of Wodonga;
- David McKenzie, Chair, Committee for Greater Shepparton; and
- Judy Verlin AM, Chair, Committee for Ballarat.
The Regional Network Development Plan aims to move Victoria away from ad hoc service improvements, towards a more coordinated regional public transport network where train and bus services work together to get people where they need to go quicker and safer.
The plan will also consider infrastructure upgrades, network extensions and rolling stock, including next-generation high capacity regional trains to cater for peak demand.